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Arcadia Whitsun Ale - Arcadia Brewing Company

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Arcadia Whitsun AleArcadia Whitsun Ale

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428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 16.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcadia Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with Michigan honey.
1062 OG; 17 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-27-2002)
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Photo of GordonQuid


3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

Poured a hazy golden straw. I swirled the yeast sediment in the bottle and topped off my pint w/ it. Beautiful frothy head, light and wispy.

Taste is bitter orange rind and saaz hop spiceyness followed with a smooth and gratifying wheat malt finish. Very nice hot summer brew.

Full of flavor but not at all heavy. I could down the whole six pack whilst looking out at Spider Lake.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 13:57:51 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of daledeee


3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was not sure what kind of beer this was. I tried my first one and it didn't seem to fit. Then I see it is a pale wheat ale. This is not a bad tasting beer but it got lower marks because it does not seem true to type.

The color is a dark gold, maybe light copper. The head was weak and went away pretty quick.
A little citrus in the nose.
The taste is pretty good with yeast and some citrus and maybe vanilla.
This beer could be more carbonated. Pretty drinkable but just not quite what a wheat beer should be. An odd aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 00:12:23 | More by daledeee
Photo of beerphan


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -> pint
Notched B-2 (undecipherable, no explanation on web site

Pours a clear rusted amber with a short lived white head that leaves no lace and is gone before it even arrived. Carbonation appears weak.

Nose: Some sweet malts, light floral

A lot more flavor than the nose indicates. Sweet caramel, some honey sweetness. No real hop flavors, but finishes with a twinge of bitterness, which may be more from the coriander than the hops. Light yeasty tones also present.

I like my wheat beer with more hops, but this seems pretty on for the traditional style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 01:43:49 | More by beerphan
Photo of IronCitySteve


3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a decent hazy amber organgish color. A decent white foam head quickly dissipated and there was very spotty lacing.

S: Some very slight amounts of citrus orange and lemon with some vague yeast hints. Nothing over the top.

T: Better than the scent. The citrus is the most prevalent flavor.

M: Light and crisp.

D: Easy to drink in the summer. Nothing overly complex makes drinking these easy, although, this would not be my #1 choice, it is stil a decent offering.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2009 11:14:37 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Dark golden color that was pretty cloudy and quite carbonated. Had a small head but some good lacing.

Smell: Had kind of a sweet citrus smell to with a bit of a strong earthy aroma in the background.

Taste: Sweet citrus in the beginning. And as the beer continues down the throat, you get some hoppy goodness.

Mouthfeel: Has a little character to it, but it's still fairly thin.

Drinkability: Very good, something I could definately drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 15:44:25 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of jsh420


3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a murky amber orange with a 1/4 finger white head that leaves no lacing

smell is not very powerful but i pick up orange honey and wheat

taste is much like the smell with a good deal of spice found in most wits but the 6.2%abv is not hidden what so ever and gets pts taken off for that

mouthfeel is very light almost thin but this is a summer beer - would have like more carbonation to give it a crisp finish

drinkability is ok for a higher abv pale wheat but i would rather have a ubersun for high abv or turn to a gumballhead or hopsun for a lower abv wheat

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 18:48:42 | More by jsh420
Photo of Kolsch


3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Bocktown Bar in Robinson, PA.

The beer menu describes this beer as a "Wit beer with Cardamom".

Appearance: Murky orange, like juice. Small head that did not last.

Smell: is fruity and with a whiff of wheat.

Taste: is funky. You can definitely detect the Cardamom as it is a very pungent spice. Wheat takes a background here and this is way too sweet if they are describing this as a "Wit".

Overall: This is an interesting beer and I could not have more than 1. The Cardamom is way to strong of a Spice and leaves a aftertaste that I just don't like.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 12:35:46 | More by Kolsch
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy copper pour, no head or lacing.
Spicey nose, wheat malts, bready with a slight metallic note(not unpleasant though). Slight hint of bubble gum and estery.
Average in the mouthfeel.
Slight bitterness in the finish from the mild hoppiness.
Expected more spices, but I am glad they werent present.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 02:48:39 | More by dmamiano
Photo of sarahspat


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is amber orange with a tiny off white head. No lacing. Smells of orange and lemon peels and the taste follows suit with freshly cut grass added. There are a few inappropriate hints of alcohol heat in some sips. Also, there's a bit of maple syrup in there. The flavors are a little aggressive for the style, and I don't think they blend as well as they could. It's kind of strong in flavor for a nice session or summer beer, but it's not bad in general.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:10:49 | More by sarahspat
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a particularly interesting brew. Pours cider orange with no head and no lace. Faintly hoppy nose, thin mouthfeel and taste. Orange citrus, some spice, some bitter hops, but quite subdued overall. Slightly metallic spritzy mouthfeel.

Light, drinkable, but uninspired.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 00:26:47 | More by TerryW
Photo of saztheorybook


4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one from the cask at O'Duffy's in Kalamazoo in a pint class which they call a tulip (even though it isn't).
Poured with a three-or-four finger head of creamy bubbles that lasted two thirds through the beer (I mean, it was from the cask) and left a great thick lacing along the side of the glass. A bit hazy, but in a way I found desirable.
It was pretty standard American Wheat. A lot of coriander up front with a malty finish, kind of weak, but still delicious.
The mouthfeel was phenomenal. To have a cask conditioned beer is such a treat, and I'm glad my neighborhood bar always has one beer on cask. It was silky smooth and almost creamy up until the last few sips, and even then it was pretty smooth. There was certainly carbonation, but not with any kind of bite. Whether it was the beer or the serving type, I don't know, but this beer was outstanding. If it weren't a bit pricey, I'd down them all night, every night, until the cask runs out.

Serving type: cask

04-24-2009 00:55:22 | More by saztheorybook
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reflective golden/yellow with very thin but even head.
Smells of citrus, maybe lemon zest and orange.
Interesting wheaty taste. Not particular but there are good notes of citrus, orange and substantial wheaty tingle here.
Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:46:14 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of KI9A


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Saw the WHITSUN, and figured it to be a Wit. WRONG! Poured a fantastic cloudy amber, with a huge puffy off white head, lingers, nice lace.

S: Molasses, bourbon, cloves, honey. I'm getting excited about stumbling on a new favorite.

T: First sip, sweet honey, bourbon ( sure it isn't barrel aged???). Roasty malts. Cloves. Oranges. Not a real hop presence.

M: Medium body, alcohol warmth lingers, as does bourbon taste. Beautiful.

D: Very cool how you stumble upon a new favorite beer. Thought this was a WIT, but, to my pleasant surprise, was not. Very nice drinker, lots of character.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:29:07 | More by KI9A
Photo of lamarr04


3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: appealing hazy orange with small white head that quickly dissipates

S: Yeast, faint cloves and lemon

T: sweetness from the honey, bready yeast and cloves again

M: smooth and thicker then the standard american wheat from the honey. crisp carbonation, clean finish

D: It is not hot yet, but I look forward to enjoying this beer during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 01:19:14 | More by lamarr04
Photo of ffejherb


4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 2/23/09. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a hazy burnt orange body with a two-finger crown of creamy foam and nice cascading bubbles of carbonation. Head retained exceptionally well and produced some thick, foamy lace.

S - Pretty subtle nose with an apparent orange/citrus character, some bready malt and suggestions of wheat stalks. Reminds me of orange soda for some reason.

T - Citrus dominates the flavor with lots of orange notes and mild bubblegum sweetness. Malt is bready with some caramel sweetness. There is also a subtle underlying yeast character with a touch of clove spiciness. Hop presence is lacking, though.

M - Medium body with a chewy texture and full carbonation. slightly sweet on the palate with a touch of mild spice on the tongue.

D - Really nice and tasty warm-weather wheat ale with lots of citrus flavor. This was definitely ewasy to put down.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 12:55:26 | More by ffejherb
Photo of danielharper


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy light-brown/orange body with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. Some bubbles suspended in the body.

Smell: Lots of oranges and bits of citrus. Slightly yeasty, very sweet.

Taste: Very strong with oranges, slightly astringent. Some spices, almost has the kind of spicy bitterness that you'd get from a winter warmer, although this is obviously very different. Very slightly dry on the finish, not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, coats the tongue.

Drinkability: American Pale Wheat Ales tend to be pretty bad, but this one isn't. It's a drinkable, accessible wheat beer. It's probably meant to be competition for Bell's Oberon, and it's hitting in the same ball park.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 02:19:32 | More by danielharper
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was orange in color out of the bottle. It had a nice bubbly head that dissipated quickly. It had an excellent, crisp citrus kind of scent to it.

Very intense, strong taste. Has a citrus-wheat taste mixed with almost grape aftertaste...weird but good. Very sweet, very unique. I didn't love it, but appreciated how different it was.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 00:41:32 | More by Amalak
Photo of CMW


3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy amber color with little to no head or lacing. The color is exactly what I would expect a cross between a white and blonde ale to look like. Carbonation appears to be on the high side.

S - Smells like a wit with orange zest and corriander.

T - Very fruity will the orange taking the lead. There is also a bubblegum flavor to it.

M - Fairly thin, but its supposed to be.

D - Not really my style, but I could see a fan of the style knocking these out in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 01:23:31 | More by CMW
Photo of Vancer


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm surprised by the very nice hazy amber orange pour, frothy and thick ivory head really sheet lacing the Cordendonk tulip.

Lip smacking bubble gum / orange in both the aroma and quaff. A bit of watermelon and peach add to this fruity beer - with a strong malty backbone supporting the whole load.

A fine beer, this would go much better in the summer heat than in the winter cold. Have to try a sixer next summer by the pool.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 01:30:44 | More by Vancer
Photo of gpogo


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark orange color with a small white head that dissipates into nothing.

A- Very fruity perfume like aroma.

T- Wheaty, it tastes very similar to eating shredded wheat in the morning. There is also a distinctive orange fruitiness about this brew. Very light yeastiness. There is a very tart finish.

M- Smooth medium body with a nice crisp carbonation.

D- I'll admit, I expected a Belgian style Wit. This has to be one of the more interesting American Wheats I've had. The tartness is very odd and seems out of style. If you are looking for a refreshing wheat, look elsewhere. This isn't bad, but definitely not on par with other Arcadia brews. That said I enjoyed some aspects of the flavor and the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 22:12:30 | More by gpogo
Photo of bushbeer75


3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a mug.

Arcadia Whitsun Ale poured a cloudy warm gold color with a 1½" finger head that left minimial lacing in my mug. Taste is of light citrus and grain. Very light aroma that is of yeast and fruit. Smooth medium body and lighter mouth feel.

This is a brew that is designed to be drunk in the warmer months. Not bad...just needs a touch more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2008 19:02:04 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of WakeandBake


2.4/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Notes Sep 9, 2008
Cloudy orange pour, with small white head. Sort of an odd aroma,like old ripe apple/orange,maybe some spice,flavor was much the same for me,kind of an old fruit flavor with some odd yeast notes. I sampled this twice,and came up with the same thing each time,just something here I am not liking much,. Arcadia has much better products than this one. Sorry just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 22:55:01 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of hopdog


3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade.

Poured a medium golden color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of orange peels, yeast, and lemony. Tastes of some wheat, oranges, and light spices. Tastes were on the sweeter side. Lively body.

Notes from 02/03/06.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:09:32 | More by hopdog
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - pours a clear amber at first, three fingers of eggshell-colored foam on top. The last ounce in the bottle covers a hard-packed layer of sediment, so some swirling is required to dislodge that and add it in. The expected cloudiness of the amber ensues. The head compacts into a dense creamy layer, leaving some large sticky waves of lace behind.

Aroma - floral, orangey, similar to Sunset Wheat.

Taste - sweet, corny kind of grain flavor. Some citrusy notes in there, a light alcohol presence that I don't often find in a wit. Not much hop balance, the sweetness and abv wave continue on the swallow. Some bitterness/sourness on the aftertaste, but it has an abv sensation that suggests a malt liquor/wit hybrid.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness, a medium body on par with the style, crisply carbonated.

Drinkability - I prefer a more traditional wheat. I'll finish it but I find it a little too harsh for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:49:28 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of jneiswender


4.22/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--Great color to this beer. Sundown yellow, cloudy with an off white head

S--yeasty smell somewhat fruity

T--Really great taste. Citrus, grapefruit, malt middle (faint) and a little hop bite at the end.


D--This is a great american wheat beer. Alot of really nice,well developed flavors. Maybe too much alcohol for a session but a great summer BBQ beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 00:25:05 | More by jneiswender
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